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Scale rot?

Discussion in 'Red Tegu Discussion' started by Lutchmom, Aug 27, 2019.

  1. Lutchmom

    Lutchmom New Member

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    So a couple weeks ago a noticed our 1 year old tegu had some dry skin on his legs. I thought it was stuck shed, so I've been putting him in the bath with coconut oil. It doesn't seem to be getting better. Could it be scale rot? I was going to go out today and get some betadine.
    Also, his eye lids appear swollen. I have read that this can be caused by his light. I'm using a 125W solar glow (recommended by the pet store)... we have never had any problems before with shedding. I'm not sure what to do.

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    Walter1 Moderator Staff Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    I'm not sure, either. Two actions: Get to a qualified exotic vet and add fish oil to food is my advice.
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    scale rot is used far too frequently and is just a generalised illness that describes anything from minor scars to major skin infections.... this looks to me like its just poor shed personally and might be something to do with diet, lighting, moisture or all 3.... don't notice anything with eye but a vet trip is advisable especially if its skin has been like that a while :)
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  4. Merlot

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    Soak soak soak him in a bath. +1 for fish oil. Looks like could real bad shed and possibly a lighting and moisture issue/husbandry situation as said above. Reds are notorious for poor sheds, you got to be extra attentive. Looks like after a really long soak you can assist shed that off lightly

    Looks like it could be two layers of shed as well. When it comes off you’ll see if it’s more yellow like, if it is you may want to check for CANV yellow fungus depending how it goes with your baths and shedding
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  5. Lutchmom

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    Ok, I've been soaking him and rubbing him with mineral oil after. I'm going to go get fish oil today.
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    Do it! Will help so much for skin issues current and future. I would recommend the capsules, and prob Cod Liver oil pills if you find em, Most places have it. The stuff comes in bottle form is usually scented and has deterred my tegu from eating food he’d normally eat. Just get the capsules, and use kitchen scissors and barely snip the top off and squeeze all over food. Will boost the appetite too because it’ll make all thier food smell like fish lol
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    I use the capsule type too
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    Walter1 Moderator Staff Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    Me, too.

    Can also feed canned salmon and/or mackerel.
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    Soooo? Did you did a ridiculously long soak and try to assist the shed off at all? Obviously start with those flaky dry areas but then sometimes the dry layer may lead to a nice peel that can run long and you kind of “control” the peel
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    Hey! Yes I've been doing the soaks, and I've been rubbing mineral oil on him. I'm going to pick up fish oil capsules today, but I have been feeding him salmon. It's starting to look better. I'm post more pictures today or tomorrow
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    Walter1 Moderator Staff Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    The Salado River in Argentina seasonally floods, such that when the water receeds, dead fish abound for hundreds of yards from the river. A regular and important feast for tegus.
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    Now that my friend is the type of random fact that I love!
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    Hey everyone! I got the fish oil capsules, I've been soaking him daily, and I add mineral oil to the bath. He still had a lot of stuck shed, so two days ago I started pulling it off by hand while he's in the bath. That seems to be helping the best. And he seems to like it.

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    Must be a relief for him.
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    Keep on pealing. Once you get that diet, humidity, and oil in there right for a while your tegu will start to have nice sheds on his own. Slight assist some times. Keep it up. Pay very close attention to the tip and ends of the tail after soaking, you’ll see that is the stubborn part
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    Still looks pretty bad but better. Try more soaking, real long ones, and assist the shed. You got a lot of peeling to do. Sometimes it cashing them to be for irritable and fussy when all that is stuck on them, sometimes they kind of just know your helping out when doing it right and will let you be more hands on in the bath, the tail tightness also pisses them off
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    We went to the vet's office today. They gave me an oil for his scales, and a scrub brush for when he's in the bath. As well as some antibiotic eye drops. Also, I found out I've been doing his vitamins wrong ☹. I add the vitamins to his food before I freeze it, I should be doing if after... he has a follow up appointment next week.